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Food Art

This is my kitchen bar counter.  A lot of the vegetables I get need to be stored at room temperature, or slightly below.  The fridge is too cold, so they spoil quickly if I put them in there.  The squash should probably be somewhere like a root cellar, but the counter will have to do.  They seem to keep just fine as long as I use them in a few days.

I’ve started to call the bar area of my kitchen, my still life counter.  On Fridays, after I pick up new veggies and arrange them on my counter, I feel like I should get an easel and paintbrush out and get to work. 😉

It’ really satisfying to use them up one by one and see my still life painting be depleted of all its subjects, and then refilled the next week with different ones. This week I plan to make, Lamb over potatoes with a basil balsamic sauce, Squash stuffed with sage pork ragu (is it still a ragu without the pasta?), Pork BBQ hash and Potato Leek Soup (yes, I know it’s July).  I’ll try to post recipes, the problem is remembering to write down what I do as I’m doing it.

Now, where are my oil paints?

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Pseudo Soup

We need to clear a few things up…

I love soup. I don’t think I can stress that enough. I will make any regular meal into a soup if I’m given the chance. If I had to choose between a million dollars and a bowl of delicious soup, the sole reason that I would pick the money is that it would buy me A LOT more than just one bowl of soup.

When everyone else is celebrating and rejoicing in the increasingly warm weather, I secretly lament the months and months I will have to go without soup. Maybe not so secretly. The first day of warm weather will see me scrambling about making one last batch of soup. And then another, and another, until finally someone will point out that it is just way to hot for soup. (Beka, it’s the 4th of July, don’t you think it’s a bit warm for that?)

So here we are in May and it’s been 90 outside and all I want is soup, but it IS seriously way to hot for soup. So, what’s a girl to do?

PSEUDO SOUP!

Swiss Chard, Beans, Bacon, Cheese, Irish Soda Bread – served NOT piping hot

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